Special Topics Peer Mentors

Professional Communication & Early Career Development STPM


Camila Alvarez

Camila in mid-length photo wearing sunglasses in front of blue sky and mountains

Camila (she/her) is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Neuroscience and the special topics peer mentor specializing in Professional Communication and early Career Development. She is part of the DiPatrizio Lab, where she studies the role of the endocannabinoid system in controlling the reward effects of our Western-style diet (high fat, high sucrose). When she is not working in the lab, she likes to go out dancing or roller skating.


Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:30-11:30 AM, on Zoom (

Mental Health & Wellness Resources STPM


Matthew Kersting

Matthew (he/him) is a third-year Ph.D. student in Psychology and the special topics peer mentor in Mental Health and Wellness. He is a graduate student in the Kids Interaction and Neurodevelopment (KIND) Lab, where he incorporates neuroimaging techniques to study the role of intention and perspective-taking when evaluating and making judgments of moral blameworthiness throughout development and how blameworthiness is judged when actors use indirect means (e.g., intermediaries) to inflict harm on others.


Office Hours: Tuesdays from 1:00 -2:00 p.m. on Zoom (